The Scriptures Are Your Hope
Christ’s Chapel Weekly Greetings 5/17/20
by Pastor Simeon
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Greetings to you this day in the name of our Lord Jesus. Our prayer is that you are doing well, set with a determination that nothing will stop you from rejoicing and glorifying our great God.
As everyone throughout the world presses on in the midst of this pandemic, there is a sense of recognition rising, that with the changes which all have been experiencing, there is a growing need to address the affects felt within the spirit of man. If you are able to say, Pastor, I personally have not been affected. I am well, my family is well and life goes on without much change, I encourage you today, give thanks unto the Lord God and look to Him for understanding of your responsibility to others in times such as this.
With millions upon millions, idle or out of work, desperation can often be witnessed. With limitations on health care, on gathering, traveling, with visitations, or on what functions one may participate with, or what activities such schooling, or church may open and when; the unknowns of life ahead are being seen as wearing-thin on many. We see that there are numerous signs of weakness. It may be a weakness of patience or worry. It may be the situations of life fueled by anxiety, hurt, anger, or need. It may even be a loss of hope. What we can say for sure is, when life is presented with such challenges, what often follows is, a general hunger to return to life as remembered, with the freedom for basic personal decisions, where fear and concern are not so prevalent.
So what is your responsibility to others in times such as this?
As the Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Rome, we find the word of God addresses this very type of situation. He opens his writing found in Romans, chapter 15 with the instruction to the people of God:
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Here the Apostle continues from the previous words for good Christian living (chapter 14). He goes further to call upon the people of God to not only be careful not to be a stumbling block to others (because Christ died for them), but to also understand that the one who is stronger has an obligation to the one who is weaker, no matter the root of the weakness. This obligation is in all things; you are being called to show a sympathy and consideration, to the extent that you would bear up, the infirmities of the weak. Those that are weaker in the faith and in the knowledge of the strength of God, found only as one surrenders their life to the Lord Jesus, they need your humble assistance and example of faith to build them up!
Let us begin to first pray for those that are experiencing a struggle or personal need. Then as the word of God exhorts, bear with, reach out in person, or by any viable means, and encourage them. For their good, build them up with the hope found in the Scriptures, encourage and assist them with that physical or material need, bless them to bring a smile and a reassurance of the love of God…and your personal love!
To join the Christ’s Chapel Sunday Zoom meeting this Sunday by phone, please dial 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting number 876 1163 9047 when prompted or go to https://cc-fga.org/ and join us online at 10:30AM. See the pastoral email or call the office 610-857-2357 for the password. God bless you. The Scriptures are the hope of God for you!
Pastor Simeon Strauser